Isaiah Thomas is nearing his return from a lingering hip damage, and he is reportedly on monitor to play in his first recreation of the season later this month. The subsequent step in making his Denver Nuggets debut consists of a rehab task within the G League.
The Athletic's Nick Kosmider reviews that Thomas gained’t truly play in any G League video games, however it would permit him some follow time with a G League crew.
Last month ESPN reported that the Nuggets had been hopeful Thomas would have the ability to swimsuit up in mid-February, previous to the All Star break. If all goes effectively throughout his G League task, there's robust perception Thomas will return no later than the primary recreation after the All Star break on February 22 in Dallas.
The Nuggets are presently sitting in second place within the Western Conference with a report of 37-17, simply 1.5 video games again of the surging Golden State Warriors.
(Thomas, Torrey Craig, Jamal Murray: Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE Getty Images)
Thomas, who turned 30 on February eight, averaged 28.9 factors per recreation for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17, an earned second-team All-NBA honors. He sustained a hip damage that compelled him out of the Celtics' 2017 playoff run, and was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a part of the blockbuster Kyrie Irving commerce.
At final yr's commerce deadline, Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, the place he appeared in simply 15 video games earlier than finally signing a one-year cope with Denver in July.
Anthony Davis’ Father Urges Him Not To Join Boston Celtics
Anthony Davis Sr. does not see any loyalty within the Boston Celtics' group.
Although he made sure to acknowledge that AD has all of the company within the World on the subject of his NBA profession, Anthony Davis Sr. would fairly his son not play for the Boston Celtics - and he has sound reasoning to again it.
"I'd by no means need my son to play for Boston after what they performed to Isaiah Thomas," Anthony Davis Sr. instructed ESPN Friday night, referencing the best way the previous Celtics was unceremoniously jettisoned from the group after main them to success within the playoffs. "No loyalty. Guy provides his coronary heart and soul they usually traded him." If you will recall, Isaiah's spirited run as a Celtic (earlier than they dumped him in favor of Kyrie Irving) coincided with the dying of his sister. Isaiah Thomas is at present awaiting medical clearance to renew his NBA profession with the Denver Nuggets.
As I discussed earlier than, Davis Sr. famous that whereas his opinion ought to depend for one thing, he will not push his son right into a nook. "This is simply my opinion, not Anthony's," he continued. "I've simply seen issues over time with Boston, and there is no loyalty." The Celtics are sometimes listed among the many favorites to land Anthony Jr. but when they had been to do it, the commerce must take impact no prior to the offseason, as a result of a restriction written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Does AD sr. have some extent, remark beneath?
Lonzo Ball's Awkward Shooting Technique Is Coming Around
Lonzo Ball is noted for having a "stranger than fiction" shooting motion. Up until now the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mantra need not apply. And yet, as his coaches and teammates report, his shot seems to be falling again, in conjunction with a new comfort level he has found on and f the court. On Monday, for example, he made all his shots, including 3 threes, in a victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
His collegiate stats suggests that there is room for improvement. The ball brothers, especially Melo are said to have "never met a shot they didn't like." That Mamba gene is unteachable. All Laker guards tremble in the shadow their predecessor. Lonzo's new teammate Isaiah Thomas, himself a high volume scorer, isn't ready to turn the corner. He had this to say about Lonzo's mechanics:
"It's an ugly shot, but he's been successful with it his whole life. So you get to the highest level, there is no need to change it. You just got to figure out ways to continue to make it better."
Since December 12th , Lonzo has seen his three-point percentage rise to a very respectable 42%. If he continues to put in the work, the results will follow, as the old saying goes. The Lakers next game is tomorrow at San Antonio.
Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony & Isaiah Thomas' Sons Model For Sean John
The sons Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony are the newest models Diddy's Sean John clothing line.
Carmelo's wife, La La, took to instagram recently to unveil the first photo her son Kiyan modelling for Sean John kids and he appears alongside CP3's son, Chris II, as well as Isaiah Thomas' boys' Jaiden and James.
This isn't the first time that Carmelo and Chris Paul's sons have been in front a camera for an ad campaign. Kiyan once appeared in a Jordan Brand commercial promoting his dad's signature sneaker, the Melo M12, and Chris Paul Jr has already done work with Kids Foot Locker.
In the past, Sean John has featured LeBron James' sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, as part the kids collection. Check out the latest Sean John kids campaign featuring the sons NBA All-Stars below.
Steve Nash: "Lakers In The Playoffs Next Year"
Steve Nash's mentorship has proven invaluable to young ballers entering the league. His court vision made him an elite point guard during his time in the league, therefore it's not surprising that his opinion is doted on by many in the basketball community. Steve Nash for his part is feeling good about the Los Angeles Laker's long anticipated youth movement coinciding with Kobe's retirement.
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TMZ prompted Steve Nash as he waded through the airport, as a small crowd gathered around him at check-in. The reporter asked him whom he'd choose to between Isaiah Thomas and Lonzo Ball, two high prile players both pencilled in at the point guard position.
"(They are) both great options we'll see how Isaiah comes back from injury, and how Zo does with his development."
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When asked if he viewed the lakers as a playf team going into next year, Steve Nash responded with a very assured "For Sure."
Something tells the Lakers aren't done cleaning house and retooling their roster. A few questions loom in the air, regarding Isaiah's fit on the roster, the development Lonzo Ball's jump shot, and the impending free-agency a few notable players including former first-rounder Julius Randle.
Isaiah Thomas & Rajon Rondo Ejected After On-Court Altercation
Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo were both ejected in the first quarter last night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans following a brief exchange words that resulted in double-technicals for both players.
It was the first time the two point guards had been on the same court since Rondo's comments about Thomas not being deserving a tribute video upon his return to Boston.
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Back in January, when Thomas was still a member the Cavs and the Celtics were considering showing a tribute video in his honor, Rondo said to reporters, "What has he done?"
"This is the Boston Celtics," Rondo said. "This isn't the Phoenix Suns. No disrespect to any other organization, but you don't hang conference titles. Do we hang going to the conference finals? What do we hang here?"
After last night's early ejection, Isaiah Thomas said the tribute video was once again the topic conversation on the court and he could tell Rondo "had his agenda written down" from the moment he checked into the game.
"Whatever reason, he's an upset guy about me," Thomas said after Wednesday's game. "I don't know what it is, but it's fine. He kept bringing the tribute up, when I was the one that shut the tribute down. I'm far past that. ... For me to be ejected was uncalled for."
"I mean, my team beat his team in the playfs last year," Thomas said, referring to the Celtics beating the Chicago Bulls 4-2 in the first round last postseason. "Maybe that is what's wrong. I don't know. There's nothing. Nothing should've made that escalate like it did. He already had his agenda written down right when I checked into the game. It was obvious. He picked me up full court, trying to be physical."
Thomas added that it was wrong for him to be ejected when Rondo was clearly the aggressor in the situation. Rondo, who was in attendance for Pierce's jersey retirement ceremony last week, did not speak with the media after last night's game. Speaking the actual game, the Pelicans won 139-117.
Isaiah Thomas "Has Absolutely No Love At All" For LeBron: Report
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas reportedly has no love for his former teammate LeBron James. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Thomas felt like LeBron "kind talked down to him" during his brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 29-year old point guard appeared in just 15 games for the Cavs before he was dealt to the Lakers as part a massive roster overhaul at the NBA trade deadline last week.
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During yesterday's taping Undisputed, Broussard revealed some details about Thomas' relationship with LeBron and how things went south so quickly in Cleveland.
"I was talking to somebody yesterday close to Isaiah, and they said he has absolutely no love at all for LeBron, like this is real,” Broussard said Tuesday on Undisputed.
“He felt like LeBron kind talked down to him when he was there and so on and so forth. And when Isaiah first got (to Cleveland) they actually were hanging out a little bit and it was cool, but it soured pretty quickly.”
Speaking with reporters earlier this week, Isaiah Thomas said he got his joy back since putting on the purple and gold."I mean, this is the first real practice I had all year," Thomas said, per Ryan Ward Clutch Points. "Let's see how my hip responds tomorrow with the soreness and things like that, but I'm here. I'm here and I'm happy. Got my joy back and I'm ready to put on a show for the Lakers."
In case you were wondering, the Lakers will host the Cavs on March 11.
NBA Trade Drama: D-Wade Back To Miami, Shump & I.T. To Cali
With LeBron James’ next move up in the air until free agency, and the trade deadline approaching fast, the Cleveland Cavaliers just made some big moves.
According to ESPN, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert have all been traded to different teams within a matter hours.
The Cavs added George Hill, Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood and future draft picks in the deals.
Wade is heading back to Miami, where he will likely retire as a member the Heat. The Cavs will get a protected second-round pick in exchange for the vet.
Thomas and Channing Frye will join the Los Angeles Lakers, in exchange for young guns Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. and a first round pick in 2018.
Iman Shumpert and wifey Teyana Taylor, who just announced their #TeyanaAndIman reality show today, will be headed to Sacramento to join the Kings.
Rose and Jae Crowder are headed to Utah in exchange for Hill, Johnson and Hood.
No telling if the Cavs made these moves to gear up for this year’s playf run, to convince LeBron to re-sign this summer, or to prepare to rebuild after his departure. Either way, stay tuned for more details on these trades and more crazy deals to come.